Speakers of English as a second language top 1M in UK schools | Report: Single-sex schools benefit boys in New Zealand | Computer-science teacher calls for more emphasis on coding in Greece
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18 June 2014
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Speakers of English as a second language top 1M in UK schools
Data show the number of UK students who speak English as a second language has reached more than 1.1 million, with nonnative English speakers making up to 75% of student enrollment in some London schools. Data also indicate these students are more likely to do well on General Certificate of Secondary Education exams. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (12 Jun.)
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Report: Single-sex schools benefit boys in New Zealand
Male students who attended single-sex schools in New Zealand performed better on assessments and were more likely to enroll in college than those who did not, according to a report conducted by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. Stuff (New Zealand)/Dominion Post (17 Jun.)
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How Shanghai can help US schools develop teacher leadership
The US can improve teacher leadership and retention by learning from Shanghai, where teachers are given more time for collaboration and other activities outside the classroom, writes Seattle teacher Rachel Evans. She recommends schools expand teacher learning and leading opportunities, increase time for collaboration and rethink how teachers allocate their time. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/Answer Sheet blog (13 Jun.)
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Cut through the clutter to empower student learning
Teacher Clarity is a process for bringing focus to the most important components of instruction, cutting away aspects that don't help learning. This school district is seeing gains in student performance and agency and teacher effectiveness. See how it created a pathway to success.
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UK school makes 9-hour day part of its turnaround plan
A primary academy in the UK has extended its school day to nine hours to give students access to opportunities such as those available at some private schools. The schedule also includes an optional breakfast club before school and an hour at the end of the day for supervised homework. The Daily Mail (London) (16 Jun.)
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Survey: Laptops, Facebook favored for e-learning in Africa
A survey of e-learning professionals from 55 countries in Africa finds that laptop computers have the most potential for education and training, followed by tablets, smartphones and basic mobile phones. Researchers from Integrated Communications, Worldwide Events also found that Facebook is the most popular social-media website, with 82% of those who responded saying they use Facebook -- followed by Skype and LinkedIn. SciDev.net (10 Jun.)
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Principal shares bedrocks of school's collaboration model
Jesse McLean, assistant principal at Greystone Centennial Middle School in Alberta, Canada, writes in this commentary that educators at his school are very much focused on collaboration. The hallmarks of the school's approach include a shared vision, challenging each other to grow and celebrating successes. Connected Principals blog (15 Jun.)
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Teaching assistant certificate workshop soon
Research indicates the benefits to students of having well-trained teaching assistants. ECIS in conjunction with Northampton University has developed a two-day workshop for TAs. This workshop provides a very strong initial grounding in the skills that will support teaching assistants in their role. We have a workshop planned at the American School of The Hague 24-25 October. For more information, visit our website. For applications, contact Darlene Fisher at darlenefisher@ecis.org.
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